Tasman fire: Worry grows over fate of pets and livestock

The fate of livestock and some pets is still unknown as the Nelson fires continue.

Around 400 people have been evacuated from more than 182 properties. Authorities say evacuations could stay in place for days to come.

Some farmers have been breaking the cordon around the blaze in an effort to rescue livestock, and a vet has confirmed that more than 60 sheep have had to be euthanised 

Kaye Thomas managed to rescued her horses from the flames, however told The Project that some farmers have had to leave stock.

"Sometimes they have just had to turn around and walk away from it and hope they are okay," she said.

She said some farmers were looking for cattle trucks to relocate cattle.

Kaye Thomas managed to save her horses.
Kaye Thomas managed to save her horses. Photo credit: Newshub

The Project co-host Kanoa Lloyd said it must be a desperate time for farmers in the region.

"While the farmers may have got away, they are not able to get back to stock to provide water and extra feed," she said.

Civil Defence said livestock needing to be evacuated due to the Pigeon Valley Fire can be accommodated at the Richmond Showgrounds.

Horses, sheep and goats can be accommodated in empty stables by using the campground gate to the showgrounds and following the road to the stable blocks. 

Those with sheep and cattle should call the contact centre on (03) 543 8400 to help make arrangements.